South Park

Season 1 Episode 9

Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 17, 1997 on Comedy Central
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Kyle's mother complains that the Christmas play is favoring Christianity and not catering to people of other religions. Mean while Kyle is visited by Mr. Hankey the Christmas poo who only appears to Kyle. The complaints about the play continue, and all religious elements are removed from the play. Kyle is committed to a mental hospital because everyone thinks he's crazy for believing in Mr. Hankey. When Chef finds out about Kyle he makes everyone believe in Mr. Hankey, who appears finally to everybody.moreless

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  • superb

    9.0
    Kyle's Mom complains about the school's play for Christmas, and soon everyone finds something to complain about during the Christmas season. Kyle, meanwhile, tries to prove to everyone that Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, is real, but nobody believes him. Is Mr. Hankey real or fake? Is Christmas ruined?



    Good episode. I don't love the episode like other fans but I did think it was a nice, joyous Christmas episode with some really good scenes. My final grade for the episode is going to fall somewhere in the "B" range. Pretty good episode, I thought. Not super awesome but not anywhere near terriblemoreless
  • My favorite episode of all time!

    10
    Best episode out of Season 1.Kyle has to go to a mental hospital because everybody doesn't believe in the Christmas poo.Now,I already seen episodes like this,but this is the best one ever.And the ending was hilrailous.Kenny cheered because he didn't die when the THE END logo appeared.There's only one thing that was pretty cute.At the end,Mr Hankey kissed Kyle,leaving a poo mark on his cheek.Now,that was sweeter than anything.I don't know why he doesn't appear in episodes anymore.If he dies,then that'll suck.I mean,come on!Chef died,and I hope Ike doesn't get the same treatment.But let me tell you,of all the christmas specials of all time,this one is my personal favorite.Merry Christmas to all and to all,take a poo.moreless
  • Warning: Contains spoilers.

    10
    This is honestly the best episode of the first season of South Park! The music is excellent, the plot is excellent, the voices are excellent! The humor is even more excellent! This episode seems to have been well produced. More so than the other episodes of the first season. I enjoyed this episode very much! It didn't give me the Christmas feel since right now it's not Christmas, but it was a very great episode to watch.



    Kyle is a jew on Christmas, but he hasn't given up hope for a Christmas role model. Catholics have Santa, Jews have Hankey the Christmas poo. What?! That's a funny thing.



    This episode was hilarious!moreless
  • Just goes to show that South Park can be funny in any holiday season.

    8.0
    It's Christmas in South Park and Kyle's meddling mother puts the nativity story on hold, Kyle being Jewish segregates him from the other guys and a talking Christmas poo known as Mr. Hankey who can only be seen by Kyle also threatens to write him off forever. This episode probably had the most "firsts" of any episode: It's the first episode where Kenny doesn't die, the first Christmas episode, the first "official" appearence of Mr. Mackey, the first episode to mention that Kyle's Jewish (even though his Mother obviously couldn't be anything but) and the first episode to feature live - action. There's nothing harder the endure than a Christmas cliché and this one is especially cheesy but as South Park's charming predictability was a major factor in the early seasons, it can be forgiven. There is a witty take at angry crowds who can't help being offended by every little thing until the Christmas play consists of the kids wearing stockings and dancing to creepy, interpretive music. Basically the whole South Park cast is given an appearence and even a line each which is rare, especially now since many of the recurring characters have been dropped from the show, the now only semi - reguler character Chef (Isaac Hayes) drops in to drop a seductive tune which no doubt raises the demographic for this show to about 50/50. Mr. Garrison steals the show from right under Cartman's nose and Mr. Mackey gives a credible introduction, curiously all three of them are voiced by Trey Parker.



    Graphically the standards are still poor but it hardly matters as the rest of the content is still good. With this episode we say "howdy ho" to Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (hypersonically voiced by Trey Parker). He's lovable, well - meaning but the fact that he is just a piece of faeces and most of his lines sound like they've been written by a lame department store Santa it makes him a difficult character to get attached to, he's unoffically killed off in "Red Sleigh Down" but fans of him rejoice as this isn't until way into the 6th season. A very fun Christmas event, a must - see for fans.moreless
  • "Howdy Ho!"

    9.8
    Here is my review for this classic Christmas episode of "South Park". Because the holidays are coming up fast, I decided to make a review for it. Anyway, it's called "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo", and it's about all the townsfolk of South Park trying to make Christmas non-offensive for all religions after Mrs. Brofloski (Kyle's mom) gets upset about her son playing the role as Joseph in the Christmas pageant. Kyle then tells everybody about Mr. Hankey, a magical piece of poo that likes to celebrate Christmas, no matter what religion it is that people celebrate it. Kyle brings Mr. Hankey to school, and when he shows his friends, all they see is a regular piece of poo. Because of what's happening to Christmas in South Park, Cartman decides to sing an insultingly hilarious song about Kyle's mom. Mr. Hankey then attacks Cartman by flinging himself at Cartman, and he and the other boys think that Kyle has gone crazy and send him to a mental hospital. The next night, the people get bored watching the non-offensive version of the Christmas pageant and they immediately argue and fight. Chef then tells the boys how they can see Mr. Hankey (after realizing that Kyle wasn't crazy after all); and so, Mr. Hankey appears and tells everyone about the meaning of Christmas. This episode was hilarious the first time I saw it. It was even one of the first episodes of the show that Kenny DOESN'T die in. One of the best Christmas-related episodes of the show ever made.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • This is the first episode in which Kenny does not die.

    • Despite the fact that Stan is Catholic, he recites the verse at the beginning of the episode from the King James version of the bible. The King James bible is used by Protestants.

    • This episode was the debut for Three popular South Park songs including "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo", "Kyle's Mom is a Stupid **** and "The Lonely Jew on Christmas", which are all repeated in later episodes.

    • Mr Mackey calls Kyle a "Fecophiliac" for his apparent obsession for feces. The correct term is a coprophiliac.

    • This episode contains the series first ever live action footage, the Mr. Hankey play-set. This footage was played like a commercial, and was played after the show went to a commercial break, and intended to look real but was in fact a part of the show. This led the tradition of act break "commercials" in South Park being live action. Other episodes that do this include "Towelie," "Cherokee Hair Tampons," "Chinpokomon," and "Free Hat."

    • After the fight broke out and everyone saw Mr.Hankey, you can see in the crowd Token with a white head,black hands and to belive it he is wearing his "T" t-shirt.

    • Mrs. Broflovski incorrectly identifies Kyle's part in the Nativity as "Joseph of Arimethea." Kyle was playing Joseph, father of Jesus, (also known as Saint Joseph, Joseph the Betrothed, and Joseph of Nazareth), not Joseph of Arimathea. The two Josephs are different; Joseph, father of Jesus, is well known; Joseph of Arimathea secured the body of Jesus after the crucifixion and donated a tomb for burial prior to the resurrection.

    • This episode was Mr. Mackey's debut to the viewers of South Park; however, the order shows that "Damien" was the episode where his character was first created.

    • The spelling on Mr. Mackey's office wall changes.

    • While Kenny is up on the ladder, there is a view of the childrens heads later on-- Kenny's orange hoodie can be seen. But then shortly after, it show's Kenny climbing back down off the ladder.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Cartman: How bout we sing, "Kyle's Mom is a Stupid Bitch," in D-minor?
      Kyle: I told you not to call my mom a bitch Cartman!

    • (Talking about Kyle's mom)
      Cartman: Oh, boy! Superbitch is at it again!

    • Stan: Hey come on guys. We have to go to the mall and tell Santa Claus what we want for Christmas.
      Cartman: Yeah. We'll see you later, Kyle. Guess there's no reason for you to come, since you don't get Christmas presents.
      Kyle: No, but I get Channukah presents for eight days.
      Cartman: Too bad it's usually a dreidel or something lame like that.

    • Cartman: Oh dude! Kyle's mom is here to ruin Christmas!
      Kyle: Shut up, fat boy!
      Cartman: I'm not fat, I'm festively plump.

    • Sheila: How dare you include the Nativity in a school play? Don't you realize my son is Jewish?!
      Mr. Garrison: …So?
      Sheila: So what makes you think he should play Joseph of Arimathea?
      Mr. Garrison: Because it's Christmas?

    • Kyle: It's probably just another stupid dre…

    • (When Kyle shows the boys the turd in the box.)
      Stan: Dude. Sick!
      Cartman: Is this some kind of Jewish tradition?

    • Cartman: Alright, that does it. Screw you guys, I'm going home. Talking poo is where I draw the line.

    • Sheila: You're upsetting the Jewish community!
      Mr. Garrison: You are the Jewish community!

    • Mayor McDaniels: Are there any questions?
      (Mr. Garrison raises hand)
      Mayor McDaniels: Yes, Mr. Garrison?
      Mr. Garrison: Can we get rid of all the Mexicans?
      Mayor McDaniels: (rolling eyes) No, Mr. Garrison, we cannot get rid of all the Mexicans.
      Mr. Garrison: Rats…

    • Mr. Garrison: It's not my fault you're raising him Pagan.
      Sheila: Jewish!
      Mr. Garrison: Whatever.

    • Chef: Say, where's Kyle?
      Stan: We committed him?
      Chef: Why?
      Cartman: Cause he kept seeing this brown piece of Christmas Poo everywhere that he went.
      Chef: Christmas Poo? You mean Mr. Hankey, right?
      Stan: Uh oh.

    • Mr. Mackey: So try to stay positive, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and in the meantime, I'm gonna put you on a heavy regiment of Prozac. (sees Mr. Hankey in his coffee cup) Ewww! Oh my God, you sick little monkey!

    • Mr. Mackey: Right now, you're nuttier than Chinese chicken salad, mmmkay. I mean, you're one screwed up little kid, do you understand?

    • Stan: You guys, I'm getting that John Elway football helmet for Christmas.
      Cartman: How do you know?
      Stan: 'Cause I looked in my parents' closet last night.
      Cartman: Yeah, well I sneaked around my mum's closet too and saw what I'm getting. The Ultravibe Pleasure 2000.
      Stan: What's that?
      Cartman: I don't know but it sounds pretty sweet.

    • The Lonely Jew on Christmas Lyrics:
      It's hard to be a Jew, on Christmas.
      My friends won't let me join in any games.
      And I can't sing Christmas Carols or decorate a Christmas Tree.
      Or leave water out for Rudolf 'cause there's something wrong with me.
      My people don't believe in Jesus Christ divinity.
      I'm a Jew. a lonely Jew, on Christmas.
      Hanukkah is nice but why is it
      That Santa passes over my house every year?
      And instead of eating ham I have to eat kosher latkes
      Instead of Silent Night I'm singing
      Hoo Hact Toh Gaveesh
      And what the f**k is up with lighting all these
      F**king candles tell me please?!

      I'm a Jew. A lonely Jew.
      I'd be merry, but I'm Hebrew,
      On Christmas.

    • Kyle: Dreidel dreidel dreidel,
      I made you out of clay,
      Dreidel dreidel dreidel,
      With dreidel I shall play.
      SECOND VERSE SAME AS THE FIRST!
      Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel…

    • Kyle: You know, (sings)
      Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo,
      He loves me, I love-
      Cartman: (cuts in) Excuse me, but Kyle is a very disturbed little boy.

    • Kyle: Officer Barbrady!
      Officer Barbrady: What?
      Kyle: Is it illegal for Jewish people to eat Christmas snow?
      Officer Barbrady: Yes.

    • Kyle: You got the best balls in the world Chef.
      Chef: Damn straight.

    • Stan: We want to commit our friend, Kyle, please.
      Nurse: Reason?
      Kyle: I'm a clinically depressed fecalpheliac on Prozac.
      Nurse: Any allergies?
      Kyle: No.
      Nurse: Jacket!
      (They drag Kyle off)
      Cartman: Bye, Kyle! Happy Hanukkah!

    • Commercial Voice: Mr. Hanky playset comes with everything seen hee-ah!

    • Kyle: You'll be sorry when you see me riding on Santa's sleigh with Mr. Hanky!
      Cartman: You're not gonna ride on Santa's sleigh, 'cause you're a Jew, KYLE!

    • Mr. Mackey: Stan, you need to do something about your friend! Mmkay. Get him out of here before he hurts somebody! Mmkay.

    • Kyle: (to his poo) Dance! Dance! Dance damn you!

    • Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo Lyrics:
      Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo.
      He loves me, I love you.
      Therefore, vicariously, he love you.
      Even if your a Jew.
      Sometimes he's corny.
      Sometimes he's nutty.
      He can be brown, or greenish-brown,
      But if you eat fiber on Christmas Eve he might come to your town.
      Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo...

    • Stan: I've got this weird feeling.
      (everyone looks at Kenny)
      Stan: I feel like something's missing.
      Cartman: Yeah, me too.
      Kyle: What could it be?
      Kenny: Ha, ha, ha!!
      (credits say "The End")

  • NOTES (4)

    • After this episode aired, John Kricfalusi, of Ren and Stimpy fame, accused Stone and Parker of ripping off a character from his George Liquor flash cartoons nammed "Nutty, the Friendly Dump". However, the court ruled out the case as "too ridiculous". Ironically, the episode actually featured a reference to Ren and Stimpy when Mr. Mackey calls Kyle a "sick little monkey".

    • During the pre-episode intro on the DVD and video this episode was on, Trey Parker explained that Mr. Mackey was inspired by the school counselor he had in junior high.

    • According to "Goin Down To South Park", Mr. Hankey was inspired by an event which happened with Trey Parker. When Trey was a kid, he had the habit of not flushing the toilet, because of this, Trey's dad told him that if he didn't flush the toilet, Mr. Hankey would come out and eat him.

    • During a spring 2002 rerun cycle, this was named by Comedy Central as the 4th most "notorious" episode of the series.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • One Froggy Evening:

      Many of the plot devices surrounding Mr. Hankey (him being carried around in a box, his coming to life in the presence of only Kyle and subsequent inactivity in the presence of others to the point that Kyle eventually is forced to enter an asylum) are very similar to those surrounding Michigan J. Frog in the classic animated short One Froggy Evening.

    • Ren and Stimpy:
      During the scene where Mr. Mackey finds a turd in his coffee he calls Kyle a "sick little monkey". This is an insult which is used in the animated comedy Ren and Stimpy.

    • A Charlie Brown Christmas:
      The episode opens with Stan arriving on the stage and reciting the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, this is very similar to what Linus did in the famous "A Charlie Brown Christmas" special. The snowflake-eating scene is also a reference from Peanuts.

    • Mr. Potato Head:

      The Mr. Hankey Playset is very similar to Mr. Potato Head. Utilizing eye, nose, lip, and arm pieces, you create your own play toy.

    • King Kamehameha:

      King Kamehameha was referenced in Cartman's song about Kyle's mother was the greatest of the Hawaiian kings.

    • Mickey Mouse:

      The design of Mr. Hankey along with his family as seen in "A Very Crappy Christmas," is based on the look of classic Disney star, Mickey Mouse, especially in the arms, eyes, and voice.

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